Teddy Bridgewater backs out of 40-yard dash

Teddy Bridgewater backs out of 40-yard dash

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LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 14: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals passes the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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by Jonathan Lintner, USA TODAY Sports

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Posted on February 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Teddy Bridgewater is drawing mixed reviews at the NFL Scouting Combine not for what he's done but rather what the University of Louisville quarterback hasn't.

Following his decision not to throw — one often made by top quarterback prospects — Bridgewater also declined to run the 40-yard dash on Sunday morning, a day after saying he would.

"No, I won't be throwing…I will be running, though. I will run here at the combine," Bridgewater said Saturday.

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Sometime in the next 24 hours, Bridgewater had a change of heart.

Other consensus top-three quarterbacks recorded unofficial times in the drill: Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel at 4.56 secondsand Central Florida's Blake Bortles at 4.63 seconds.

Bridgewater, who's up to 214 pounds from the 205 listed on U of L's roster last season, will wait for the Cardinals' March 17 Pro Day to perform.

"I'm a competitor," Bridgewater said multiple times Saturday, adding that "each day I go out there and I'm eager to learn — remain astudent of the game — and I think that right there just separates me."

• U of L receiver Damian Copeland, meanwhile, turned heads with his 40-yard dash time by warming up with a 4.43-second unofficial time. He then clocked a 4.40, seventh-best among all receivers as of 11:30 a.m.

Pittsburgh's John Brown and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks both ran 4.30s to pace the position group.

 

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